Voting for a Third Party Candidate is Irrational, and Here is Why

I wrote this in a forum discussion about voting for a third party candidate. The forum is usually focused on TV and film, but political discussion has bled into it as well. I spent some time formulating my opinion, so I wanted to post it here too. For the sake of transparency, I also wanted to remind folks who I am voting for: Hillary Clinton.

My argument, after the jump

Still Here by Lara Vapnar Book Review

I was given an e-book galley of this book to review by the publisher, as is standard for book reviews. In addition, I am using my Amazon affiliate link in this post. The opinions are my own, and I have not been paid for this post.

Still Here
by Lara Vapnar
Crown Publishing

What happens to your social media presence after you die? Unless you have plans with someone to take down your Facebook page, it will live on forever. So why shouldn't it keep speaking as if it were you? This is the question asked by Still Here, the charming if slightly wobbly new novel by Lara Vapnar.


Remembering 9/11

I remember wondering after 9/11 what the long term effects on the country would be. Would we pull together, or would we give in to hate and fear and the psychological side of this type of warfare? We've seen a lot of both in the intervening years.
We've seen the good, of brave servicemen and women giving their lives and doggedly serving multiple tours wherever their leaders sent them. We've seen good at home too. We've also seen times when the politics around this stuff got so toxic that it shut down our systems, and we see that toxicity in some of the politic rhetoric right now.
We should honor the lives lost on 9/11 and the subsequent wars by coming together more, treating each other and strangers more kindly, being mindful about the choices we make both politically and in our own communities, and choosing rationality over reaction. The USA has a good system of governance, albiet flawed, messy and dramatic, and we are a leader on the world stage. The things we say do have resonance. Our system has been flexible enough to bend to changing attitudes over time, and that's why it's stayed strong and grown better in a lot of ways. But there are also times in our history where a toxic, vocal group of people have temporarily made it worse.
Our system only works if we listen to the "better angels of our nature," as Lincoln put it. When we allow fear and hate to make our country toxic, the terrorists win. That is their way, not ours.

Why I will Caucus for Hillary

The Washington state caucus takes place in a couple of weeks and I was thinking about what I would say if I was called upon to speak. This isn't so far fetched- A caucus is not so much a horse-race election as a meeting held to decide the party's candidate. I went to the Democratic caucus eight years ago and people were invited to state why they were choosing their candidate in hopes of swaying undecided people to their side. Hardly anyone said anything, including me, as I couldn't think of anything to say eloquently on the spot.  This year has gotten a little more exciting than normal, so I am not sure how the caucus will go this time; it's hard to imagine many people having time to speak, but I wanted to be ready. This year I will be caucusing for Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton Speech
I took this screenshot from hillaryclinton.com - I hope she doesn't mind.
I was thinking about what I would say if people were called upon to speak again, and after thinking about it for a while, I decided I would write it down here since I will probably never get to fully express it anywhere else.

Moogly's Snow Drops cowl with Cloudborn Fibers

Disclaimer: I am a Craftsy affiliate, this blog contains affiliate links to Craftsy, and they sent me this yarn. However, the opinions in this post are all mine! And as usual, I would like to remind the reader that I don't make enough on ads to sell my soul! I just use them to make a little money talking about stuff I would talk about anyway since running a blog costs me a little money and a lot of time. There are also Amazon affiliate links for the swift and the winder.

A couple of weeks ago, I got some Cloudborn Fibers Highland Fingering yarn from Craftsy. It's a yarn line that is exclusive to Craftsy and you can read more about it in my previous post. Where I last left off, I was trying to decide between a number of patterns to make with it. Which one did I choose? Now it's time for the big reveal!

Snow Drops Reversible Cowl in Cloudborn Highland Fingering

The answer is: None of them!!

Cloudborn Fibers Yarn by Craftsy

I was excited when Craftsy started selling an exclusive line of yarn. I think of Craftsy as a place to get good deals on quality yarn, so I figured it would be nice yarn for a good price. Craftsy sent me a couple of skeins of Highland Fingering for review purposes.

Disclaimer: I am a Craftsy affiliate, the links in this post are ad links, and they sent me this yarn to try out. However, all opinions are my own. I don't make enough money on these deals to sell my soul. What is the price of my soul, you ask? I'm not sure, but it's definitely more than a couple of skeins of yarn and a modicum of ad revenue. I just use affiliate revenue and blog samples to save money trying out things I would want to try out anyway and provide my genuine feedback and opinions.

So anywho, on to the yarn! I opted for one skein each of the Taupe Heather and Stone Heather. The Stone Heather is the darker color. In case your monitor is like mine: it's more on the brown side than what is showing on my screen. Both colors are on the warm toned side, but are showing more cool on my screen. So if you are seeing a more grey tone, adjust your mind to expect more of a brown tone for the Stone Heather and a more cream tone for the Taupe Heather.

Two skeins of yarn in neutral colors. Darker one on the left.
Cloudborn Fibers Highland Fingering

Madison Reed

disclaimer: I am a Madison Reed affiliate, and I received the products used in this post for review purposes. However, I don't make enough money on affiliate posts to sell my soul, so the opinions in this post are mine and mine alone.

I haven't colored my hair for many years. I messed around with home color in the 90's, doing a few different versions of "overly purple eggplant red" that was in vogue at the time. Earlier this year, I was getting a bit bored with my hair and looked into color at the salon, and it was just way too expensive for me. So when I had the opportunity to try out Madison Reed haircolor, which is a bit higher end than the box color you can buy at the drugstore, I was intrigued. They purport to be healthier than regular hair dye, although I am not a scientist nor am I a hair color expert, so I will just link to their page on that and let you check it out. But don't forget to come back and check out my new hair!

Madison Reed has a Color Advisor service on the website, and you can also call on the phone and talk to people for color advice. I am more of an internet person than a phone person, and I already had an idea of what I wanted, so I used the Color Advisor on the site. It asks a series of questions both about what your hair is like and what you want, and came up with some recommendations. Basically, I didn't want to go lighter or darker, just wanted to jazz up my brown hair with some color, and the color I chose, Trieste Red, promised to be a "Deep reddish mahogany brown."

I ordered one of my recommendations in a permanent color kit ( and it came like this:

Products in a plastic tray in a box. You can see color, activator, and minis of shampoo and conditioner.
Color Kit
There were things hidden in there under some of the items, too, so overall this is what was in it:
Photo shows contents of color kit, which will be described in the text. The Barrier Cream and Wipe are in a foil pack, shampoo andconditioner minis, small boxes with gloves and a cap, the hair color and the activator in full size bottles.
Contents of kit